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Political tension erupts again as Velebantfu High burned, SNAT says eSwatini not politically stable

Thursday, 12th August, 2021

MBABANE: Mbongwa Dlamini, the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) said eSwatini remains politically unstable as more schools are being burnt across the country.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa is in the midst of a political crisis as citizens intensify calls for democratic reforms, King Mswati responded by unleashing his soldiers and the police to shoot and kill dozens of civilians. Opposition  parties and the civil society have identified over 70 dead bodies. But the number is believed to be over 100, other bodies are yet to be identified while others are missing and believed to have been killed and secretly buried by the security forces.

Speaking to this Swaziland News, the SNAT President said the current situation was dangerous to everyone and urged the Ministry of Education to urgently take a decision regarding the opening of schools. This comes after Velebantfu High School was burned in the early morning hours on Thursday.

“The current situation is dangerous to everyone and we urge the Ministry of Education to urgently take a decision regarding the opening of schools”, said the SNAT President. 

Reached for comments, a very senior official in the Ministry of Education said it was difficult to comment in this matter because anyone who seems to be against the calls for democracy might be burned.

“My position suggests that I must speak and discourage the burning of schools but kulesimo lesikhona kungasa ngishisiwe nami. Ngicela ubone kutsi uyibeka njani esiveni ungi-protecthe. Ngitawutsi ngiyakhuluma bangishise labantfu bese ngishonaphi(meaning: I am afraid to even speak against this because by tomorrow, I might be burned, please make sure you protect me)”,said the senior official.

Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis and tension is silently escalating into yet another political chaos.


 Political tension erupts again as Velebantfu High burned, SNAT says eSwatini not politically stable
Velebantfu High School burned